The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis--and the People Who Pay the Price

Book - 2007
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America's health care system is unraveling. Every day, millions of hard-working people struggle to find affordable medical treatment for themselves and their families--unable to pay for prescription drugs and regular checkups, let alone hospital visits. Some of these people end up losing money. Others end up losing something even more valuable: their health or even their lives. In this powerful work of original reportage, Jonathan Cohn travels across the United States--the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee access to medical care as a right of citizenship--to investigate why this crisis is happening and to see firsthand its impact on ordinary Americans.

The stories he brings back are tragic and infuriating. In Boston, a heart attack victim becomes a casualty of emergency room overcrowding when she is turned away from the one hospital that could treat her. In South Central L.A., a security guard loses part of his vision when he can't find affordable treatment for his diabetes. In the middle of the prairie heartland, a retired meatpacker sells his house to pay for the medications that keep him and his aging wife alive. And, in a tiny village tucked into the Catskill mountains, a mother of three young children decides against a costly doctor's visit--and lets a deadly cancer go undetected--because her husband's high-tech job no longer provides health insurance.

Passionate, illuminating, and often devastating, Sick interweaves these stories with clear-eyed reporting from Washington and takes us inside the medical industry to chronicle the decline of America's health care system--and lays bare the consequences any one of us could suffer if we don't replace it.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060580452
Branch Call Number: 362.10973
Characteristics: xvi, 302 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 06, 2014

And outstanding book! I disagree with the author on one historical point - - his contention that managed care (more frequently referred to as "mangled care") was originally meant to be affordable - - since the private insurance companies were behind it, it really was meant to be the most profitable, to heck with the patient's best interests! An excellent book, nevertheless.


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